The following meditation upon the readings for June 23-24 liturgies is by Deacon Richard Montalto of the Archdiocese of Baltimore. The readings themselves are available on the web site of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops – www.usccb.com.
Is 49:1-6; Ps 139: 1-15; Acts 13:22-26; Luke 1: 57-56, 80.
Our citizenship is in heaven. [Phil 3:20]
Before we were knit in our mother’s womb, we were called by name. Each of us has been given gifts, and the grace to do the Will of God.
The best we can become is discovered in prayer, meditation, reconciliation and consultation with our spiritual director.
We have so many great models in the saints. Like us, they had human frailties with which they struggled every day. Like us, they were born with original sin. Little by little they came to realize their mission, to see their way to the Father.
So it can be with each of us. We are called to be “bold and courageous” in relying on the grace of God to open the door to the path that God has chosen for us.
Like a flashlight, we need fresh batteries, a new bulb and the ability to focus and light up our life’s pathway. Our reward will be those sweet words – “Well done my good and faithful servant.”